While slips, trips and falls in public are fairly commonplace, when you are considering an daredevil activity such as skydiving, a little tumble will be the least of your worries.
Not for the fainthearted, jumps can be taken from as high as 14,000 feet, which is pretty much as high as you can go before breathing becomes difficult due to lack of oxygen in the air.
Taking the plunge from such a magnificent height no doubt sends all sorts of scenarios shooting through your brain, so to be as prepared as possible, there are a few tips to follow to reduce the risk of skydiving-related accidents.
Tips for staying safe while skydiving
- Stay vigilant – listen to instructors and be aware of the dangers of skydiving – this vigilance will enable you to react quickly and appropriately in the case of an emergency, potentially saving your life.
- Know your jump! There are various types of skydiving jumps available, from tandem to static line jumps, designed to suit various levels of training.
- Dress in appropriate attire for both skydiving and the weather.
- Arrive on time, as all sessions will include a safety briefing pre-jump.
- Enjoy the fall and don’t panic. Most skydivers at beginners’ stage jump in ‘tandem’ with an instructor. Remember that you are safe and try to enjoy the views as you fall.
Injured in a skydiving accident
If you have been injured in a skydiving accident, the effects can be hard to bear.
Although in the majority of cases, skydiving is a safe sport, the very nature of the activity suggests that any related accident can be catastrophic.
Should you have suffered a skydiving injury through no fault of your own, you may have a case for personal injury compensation.
When skydiving, the company that organises your activity has a legal responsibility to ensure your health and safety before, during and after the dive, while you use their facilities.
This includes training, supervision, after-care and any medical attention, as needed.
Accident Advice Helpline
When you want to take things further, a law firm, such as Accident Advice Helpline, can help you with your claim for sport-related compensation.
With over 13 years’ experience, Accident Advice Helpline works on a no win, no fee basis, with over 200 solicitors to guarantee every measure is taken so that you receive the personal injury compensation you are entitled to. To discuss your claim with a member of their expert team dial 0800 689 0500 now.
Date Published: February 10, 2014
Author: David Brown